John E. Deupree, son of Abraham and Elizabeth Deupree, was born in Shelby County, Ind., on the 23rd of June 1840. He was reared in Johnson County, grew to manhood on a farm, and at the age of twenty-two, with the spirit that animated the patriotic young men of the north, he entered the army as a member of the Third Indiana Cavalry. He served three years and one month, and bore the part of a brave and gallant soldier on many bloody battle fields, and was twice wounded—at Knoxville, Tenn., March, 1864, in the left shoulder, and at Goldsborough, N. C., 1865, in the left shoulder blade, where the bullet still remains, the latter would disabling and unfitting him for active duties in the field. He was discharged May, 1865 and immediately thereafter returned to Johnson County and engaged in farming in Blue River Township, where he has since resided. He manages the home farm and looks after the interest of his mother, who is an old lady of seventy-five. He owns land in Shelby County, and has met with reasonable success as a farmer and stock-raiser, being at this time one of the well-to-do citizens of the community in which he resides. November 1865, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Kennedy, by whom he had one child, who died in infancy. Mrs. Deupree died in the year 1872, and on the 9th day of August, 1874, Mr. Deupree married Miss Elsie Allen, who has born him three children, viz.: Martha E., Alpha A., and Avery E. Mr. and Mrs. Deupree are members of the Christian Church.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 413.